Food Challenge 1 of 30: Kimchi


If you recall, it is my intention this year to try 30 new foods. If you want to know why I’m doing this, backtrack a few articles to see why I selected 30 and what “rules” apply to this intention, or rather challenge. Without further ado, here’s my recap of food number one!

Food #1: Vegan kimchi
And that is? Fermented vegetables.
Commonly eaten in what culture? Korean
And found where? I ordered this through the Iowa Food Cooperative! Agri-Cultured Foods was the vendor. They are located in Dallas Center, Iowa and specialize in fermented foods such as kombucha, sourdough bread, kimchi, and sauerkraut.
Any health benefits? Because it is fermented, it is rich in probiotics which help keep your good bacteria in check and bad bacteria away. Fermented foods also help with digestion.
Cost: $7.00 for a pint.
Prepared how: I found a recipe for Kimchi fried rice!
Yea or Nay? Yea! I will eat this again! I really liked its flavor and it’s a versatile food so am excited to prepare it other ways! A friend of mine used it as a pizza topping which I think would be great. IMG_2740IMG_2741When I first posted on Facebook that I was going to try kimchi a lot of my followers were excited to hear what I thought. Many people have heard of it but like me, were a little hesitant to try it. I prepared mine with fried brown rice so made a little stir-fry out of it. Like I said, I am excited to explore other ways to use kimchi. I love vegetables and the ingredients listed on the jar are all natural. IMG_2743This particular kimchi was spicy enough to add flavor but not so spicy that it overwhelmed my taste buds. If you love spicy food you would probably find this to be mild. If you are hesitant to eat spicy foods I don’t think this would overwhelm you too much. Maybe it could be your gateway spice.

Have you tried kimchi? How do you prepare this? What do you serve it with? I’m excited to learn more so please comment below!